Fwd: Basionym in Zoology?

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Mon Jun 17 10:53:16 CDT 2002

At 08:45 AM 6/17/02 -0700, Barbara Ertter wrote:

>The way I now explain the function of types when I give tours of the
>herbarium to various groups, btw, is to designate one person as the
>"type" of Homo sapiens.

Good approach.  In similar situations, I compare types to the "meter stick
or kilogram weight kept at the Bureau of Standards, against which other
meter sticks or kilogram weights may be compared"  -- and pray to God
nobody asks me where this "Bureau of Standards" is!!

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA

e-mail:       lammers at uwosh.edu
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Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and biogeography
of the Campanulaceae s. lat.

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